About Us


Global Timber Forum (GTF) builds the capability of forest and wood-based industry associations to engage SME members on responsible trade.

For GTF ‘responsible’ trade concerns efficiently achieving high standards in environmental and societal aspects of the wood product trade and also ensuring these high standards are both accessible to all businesses and relevant to markets around the world.

Associations include forest owners and managers along with associated forest operations such as harvesting through primary processing such as saw milling, secondary processing such as the manufacturing of engineered wood, construction products, furniture, flooring and panel products (mainly plywood, particle board and medium density fibre (MDF) boards. This can also include bamboo and rattan-based production but does not include the pulp & paper sector.


GTF is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a board of seven directors; three Executive Directors and five Non-Executives.  All the Non-Executives board members are representatives of national associations, with their member companies mostly being micro, small and medium-sized companies.  The current Board members are from associations in Europe, Africa, USA (NOTE: Board Reps for SE Asia and Latin America were due to be filled in Autumn – due to the pandemic appointments postponed until 2021).

GTF Board

Cindy Squires, GTF Chair

Cindy was elected Chair of the Global Timber Forum (GTF) during the organisation’s Rome summit in May 2016. She also sits on the STIX Task Force. Read more

Andreas von Möller, GTF Treasurer

In his role as GTF Treasurer, Andreas chairs the Oversight Committee and is responsible for overseeing and reporting on the organisation’s finances. Read more

Françoise Van de Ven, GTF Director

Françoise Van de Ven has been a member of the GTF board since May 2016. She has supported several GTF-facilitated activities in Africa, including SME needs assessment research. Read more

Rachel Butler, GTF Executive Director

Rachel is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the Global Timber Forum and ensuring the organisation acts in line with its vision and mission. Read more

George White, GTF Director of Programmes & Oversight

George is responsible for GTF programmes; Association Surveys for Knowledge (ASK) and Sustainable Timber Information Exchange (STIX).  He is responsible for the Oversight Committee which reviews and monitors GTF’s performance. Read more

Andrew Escott, GTF Director of Policy and External Affairs

Andrew leads policy development for Global Timber Forum (GTF) and manages how the organisation interacts with stakeholders. Read more

GTF Team

Stephen Mitchell, GTF Asia-Pacific Representative

Stephen is based in Australia and is leading the work for GTF on Association Surveys for Knowledge (ASK) for the Asia Pacific region. Read more

Germain Yene, GTF Central Africa Representative

Germain, based in Cameroon, has been with GTF since its inception. He has led and initiated work on SMEs in the Central Africa region since 2013. Read more

Gustav Adu, GTF West Africa Representative

Gustav is based in Ghana and has closely worked with private sector for GTF for since 2015. He has undertaken research to identify the private sector needs and managed other projects and research. Read more

Fiona Sloss, Senior Associate

Fiona is responsible for developing and building a Best Practice Association Training Framework. This has two main training modules covering a variety of topics, that can be adapted to national circumstances and the specific needs of an association. Read more

Rupert Oliver, Senior Associate

Rupert developed and now leads the GTF Sustainable Timber Information Exchange (STIX) initiative, overseeing its day-to-day management. STIX is a unique open access service that provides and analyses trade flow data. Read more